The Bank of Lowell
Humphrey Barr, brother of Mrs. L. P. Davis, was an early banker. We know Henry Neal was the banker in 1918. He loaned Elza Tucker's mother $75 to buy a family sewing machine. He charged 10% interest and had a loan limit of $100. Elza has the receipt dated the same year he was born. Bank transactions moved at a steady but cautious pace for several years. That pace changed quickly in 1929 when the bank was robbed. Jude Austin tells, in his "Lowell Memories," how he was locked in the vault. That vault is still in place in 2009. Tin wall and ceiling tiles are still intact inside the upper part of the building, too. The original safe was moved and used at the First National Bank of Rogers under George Mills for a time, then brought back home. Although it was given to the museum, the city of Lowell has both moved and stored it many years. It is simply too heavy for the museum floor.
After the 1930's depression, the building housed stores run by Harrison Smith, Loyd Mabry, Orville & Edith Neal, Leon Chadwick, and perhaps others, but never again a bank. It was the first home of the Lowell Museum in 1976.
(A full account of the bank hold-up
Location. 36° 15.446′ N, 94° 7.887′ W. Marker is in Lowell, Arkansas, in Benton County. Marker is on Jackson Street south of McClure Avenue (County Road 923), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 219 Jackson Street, Lowell AR 72745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lowell Postal Service (a few steps from this marker); Evaporator Near Railroad Track (within shouting distance of this marker); Train Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Site of Bloomington (Mudtown) Arkansas (within shouting distance of this marker); The Butterfield Stagecoach Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Old City Jail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Canning Factory (approx. ¼ mile away); Cross Hollows (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowell.
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 25, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.